Dentist Dr. Jim Coleman Leads Way in Paradigm Shift of Ozone Therapy
We sat down recently with longtime B-Town Blog Advertiser Dr. Jim Coleman.
Dr. Coleman is well known for his extensive dentistry experience, lifelong continuing education, expertise in sedation therapy and his gentle “chairside manner” in working with patients who may have had undesirable dental experiences earlier in life.
“I reach out to ‘high fear’ patients,” Dr. Coleman said. “I love designing new smiles.”
What may be less known is that Dr. Coleman, whose office is located in the Seahurst neighborhood of Burien, is helping to pioneer the pathway in the use of ozone therapy in dentistry in the United States.
“I’ve taken a lot of training in ozone because it’s been such a huge paradigm shift,” he said.
What is ozone treatment in dentistry? From the patient’s perspective, it is simply the gentle flow of air on the teeth from a small hand-held nozzle. It is painless. It is perfectly safe. Small, “slow flow rate” bursts of invisible ozone molecules work wonders on the tooth, quickly and efficiently.
Ozone therapy is very effective in swiftly ending the pain of sensitive teeth, treating cavities and fighting infection.
Ozone, while well understood and used very successfully around the world, is often misunderstood here in the United States.
“Ozone is very natural. Our own human bodies produce ozone. Our plasma cells make ozone, which our bodies use to make peroxides,” Dr. Coleman said. “The peroxides are the bullets that fight infection.”
Ozone is a molecule made of three oxygen atoms. It appears as a small and useful part of Earth’s atmosphere.
“Ozone is a very powerful oxidizing agent. It is 3,000 times stronger than chlorine. And it works about 100 times faster in killing bacteria.”
“Do you want me to drill it? Or do you want me to treat it with the gentle flow of ozone?”
Dr. Coleman believes in-office use of ozone has the preventative effect of reducing need for root canals.
“Other dentists ask me ‘What’s different now that you’re using ozone?’ The number one thing I tell them is that I don’t refer nearly as many patients for root canal (treatment).
“Root canals have a bad reputation. That’s because dentistry hasn’t had a good, predictable way to sterilize the tooth and gum. Ozone will do that.”
“In medicine, ozone has been around a while. In the second World War it was used to treat war wounds,” Dr. Coleman said. “There has not been a new antibiotic (introduced) in fifteen years. There is not a resistant bug to ozone.”
Of course, traditional treatment, in which Dr. Coleman and staff also excel, is always available.
Dr. Coleman’s office is located on the west end of SW 152nd in Burien, near the Seahurst post office, just before the road winds down to Three Tree Point.
Stop in, say Hi, bring your questions and your smile.
Jim Coleman, DDS
1800 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
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